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James N. Bowen

April 21, 1947 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old

James Bowen Obituary

James Norman Bowen passed away in his sleep in the early morning hours of Christmas Day, following his extended battle with pulmonary fibrosis. 

Jim was born in Royal Oak, Michigan on April 21, 1947. He graduated from Michigan State University where he welcomed his oldest son, Kirk Bowen, with his first wife, Sue. Jim went on to marry his second wife, Janet, his MSU classmate and together they raised three more sons—Jason, Morgan, and Blake. As his sons grew up, Jim continued to serve in the military; first, as a pediatrician and later as a child psychiatrist. He continued to practice psychiatry and moved into private practice once his military career ended. His family grew up in a variety of areas across the country, including Virginia, Hawaii, Colorado, and Michigan, as well as a military base in Germany.

Jim was a well-respected child psychiatrist, having practiced in Michigan and Arizona. He continued to work into the final weeks of his life. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Jim could often be found traveling to new areas to explore and experience. 

Jim is survived by his sons, Kirk (Kim), Jason (Whitney), Morgan (John), and Blake (Shannon); grandchildren, including Brandon (Joelle), Alexis, Jonah, Keaton, and Adelyne; and great-grandson, Brodie; his nephew, Marc; and his partner, Sara. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Pauline, and sister Ronda. 

A celebration of life will occur in the spring to mark Jim’s first birthday since passing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations:

-Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 

-The Department of Veteran Affairs

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